Your feel-good story of the day . . . Attorneys General from 21 states ask Supreme Court to hear suit against Maryland’s assault weapons ban

A coalition of 21 state attorneys general filed a brief on Friday urging the Supreme Court to hear a case against Maryland’s assault weapons ban.

The attorneys general for Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming jointly filed a friend of the court brief supporting the plaintiffs in Kolbe v. Hogan. The group believes Maryland’s ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition is unconstitutional, and are asking the Supreme Court to step in and strike the law down.

 

Lots of good people helping flood victims in Houston. And, as Katy Gun Gear can attest, still plenty of opportunistic scum bags.

Along those lines . . . NSSF Offers Assistance to Firearms Retailers, Ranges and Manufacturers Affected by Hurricane Harvey

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, has announced it will make available disaster relief funds to help its members whose businesses were impacted by the ongoing destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey.

“We want our member companies to know that their trade association stands with them in these difficult times, and that this assistance is another benefit of membership,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and CMO. “This is in keeping with the monetary relief we provided our members in the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy wreaked her havoc in 2012, and to those in the Southeast following Hurricane Matthew in 2016.”

DW.com won’t name him, but we will; David Sonboly . . . Munich shooting: Darknet weapons dealer goes on trial

One year after David S. killed nine people at a Munich shopping mall, the man who sold him the weapon faces charges of involuntary manslaughter. On the first day of the trial, Philipp K. made a comprehensive confession.

A Munich court on Monday opened proceedings against 32-year-old Philipp K, who the prosecution alleged supplied the weapon used in a deadly rampage at Munich’s Olympia mall last year.

The accused faces nine charges of involuntary manslaughter. Philipp K. admitted all charges of illegal arms sales, including the sale of a Glock 17 gun and 450 rounds of ammunition to Munich attacker David S.

We couldn’t find Philipp K.’s real name. Maybe you can?

Off the hook . . . NFL’s Adolphus Washington Found Not Guilty in Concealed Gun Case

The gun nightmare is officially over for Buffalo Bills lineman Adolphus Washington — who was found not guilty of improperly carrying a concealed handgun stemming from a incident at a water park.

As we previously reported, cops drew their weapons and stormed Washington’s car when they saw him handling his gun while leaving a party at the Cincinnati-area waterpark on July 9.

Washington claimed he was innocently trying to put the gun away — and wasn’t trying to brandish it.

Sean Connery’s machine gun from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Legendary Film Weapons & Costumes to the sold in £3M Auction

Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, commented on the upcoming auction – “We’re very pleased to be able to offer this collection of impressive weapons and costumes from a wide-range of cinema classics including Maximus’ sword from Gladiator, and Tom Hanks’ costume from his Oscar-nominated role in Saving Private Ryan. These great items and hundreds more will go under the hammer at Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on 26th September at London’s BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON.

This would have come in handy in Berkely over the weekend . . . Russian Kalashnikov arms maker presents riot control vehicle

Russia’s Kalashnikov company, the maker of the prolific assault rifle, has presented a new product: a formidable crowd control vehicle.

The Shchit (Shield) anti-riot vehicle is based on a heavy truck with a broad extendable steel shield attached to its front. The machine has ports in the shield for firing projectiles and also carries water cannon.

“Most armed man in America” robbed . . . Burglars steal dozens of weapons from Dragonman gun store; owner says they’re lucky to be alive

Four thieves smashed their way into the Dragonman gun store and shooting range in Colorado Springs and stole 65 guns, and the shop’s owner said Monday they’re lucky he wasn’t there at the time.

“There’s a lot of idiots out there,” said Mel “Dragon Man” Bernstein, owner of a gun museum, the Dragonman gun store and shooting range in Colorado Springs that was burglarized Sunday night. “I’m the most armed man in America. I have over 200 machine guns in my name. If I had been there they would have gotten shot in the head.”

Distributed Security, Inc. Untilizing Crowdfunding to Establish Elite Firearms Training Group

Defender 300” Group Aimed At Highly-Committed Experienced Gun Owners

Chicago, IL, August 29, 2017: Distributed Security, Inc. (DSI) announced today that their Equity Crowdfunding initiative (Defender 300) officially opened to experienced gun owners across the US. The intent of Defender 300 is to create an elite cadre of 300 well-trained individuals that will be poised to then help “distribute” physical security to their family, community, churches and schools.

Mike Smock, President and Co-founder of DSI offered:

“The intent of the Defender 300 offering is to create a core group of experienced gun owners who are committed to furthering their tactical training and the training of those in their community. The Reg CF offering structure allows us to convert customers into investors and partners and to give them a seat at our table.”

 

The same way we all learn? . . . How USA’s ‘Shooter’ Weapons Supervisor Trained Ryan Phillippe to Use Firearms

Training builds confidence.

“When you start training actors with real equipment, their confidence level goes through the roof. Then, when we’re on set, I can say, ‘I need you to do X, Y, and Z,’ and it’s shorthand. I don’t have to sit them down. They know how to do it and it allows them to really focus on their performances, because the physicality is there.”

His position requires knowledge of production.

“It’s interesting adjusting my teaching and training style to accommodate the creative process, too, because if you’re just focused on your piece—training with firearms and tactics and that sort of thing—and you don’t take time to learn production, you don’t take time to sit down with the director of photography and learn a little about cinematography, what’s going to be in the frame, what they’re going for, what the lighting is, then you can’t really help an actor with their performance, because you’re coming at it from the wrong perspective.”

There’s something for everyone . . . The Growing Business of Concealed Carry Accessories

“We actually had a feminine line that had a patent leather, Chanel-type look, and we were getting a lot of negative feedback,” says Supertool co-founder Niko Cangemi. “They were like, ‘We’re not prissy women, we don’t need things that look like they’re for women.’”

The growing number of concealed carry accessories options for women comes after a rise in the number of women participating in shooting sports and purchasing firearms. The reason most expo attendees, particularly women, gave for buying and carrying a gun was protecting themselves and their families. Two women had been stalked. Two more were worried about reports of crime in their hometowns.

Amanda Suffecool, the director of Realize Firearms Awareness Coalition and an emcee at the NRA fashion show, believes that as the number of women buying guns has grown, gun manufacturers have gotten more serious about creating weapons with women in mind. What used to be a “shrink it and pink it” approach to marketing has become more thoughtful design. The same, she says, is true of accessories.

32 Responses to Vedder Holsters Daily Digest: Maryland’s AWB Under Fire, Off the Hook in Buffalo and How to Train an Actor

  1. “Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming”

    Bondi (Florida) once again proves to be an utter failure. Sadly not even new from her, I knew it from when she first ran and never returned my e-mail but put me on her mailing list. She has been just as difficult to reach as she was when she was running for office.

    • Thanks for noticing that.

      I’ll put out a feeler to someone and ask them *why* she wasn’t on-board with that.

      (On the upside, she looks a whole tot better than Kamala…)

    • “A coalition of 21 state attorneys general filed a brief on Friday urging the Supreme Court to hear a case against Maryland’s assault weapons ban.”

      Please ask your State’s Attorneys to STOP this!

      It should be obvious by now that SCOTUS is not inclined to grant cert on any significant 2A cases until they have a solid Conservative 5th vote on the court. The last thing the Conservative justices want to do is risk losing 5-4 on one of these cases because it would be almost impossible to re-hear and reverse such a decision! Stari decisis is a HUGE thing to the Supreme Court.

  2. That riot vehicle. Looks like a bulldozer with options.

    The scoops from “Soylent Green” would work well on antifa and other fascist rioters.

  3. Where are the attorneys general from Mississippi, Florida, Iowa, North Dakota, Arizona, Iowa, and North Carolina?

    • I’ve contacted Bondi’s office before when Florida wasn’t wasn’t join movements by the other free states, got nothing. Even tried contacting her office as press (like everyone else I’m a freelance journalist) and got a reply asking for my deadline, but got nothing despite a generous timeline of a week.

  4. Seriously? The Shchit?!

    “Police today say when rioters started throwing rocks and bottles, they had no choice but to give them the Shchit. Five officers spoke to us from the demonstration, where they claimed to be in the Shchit.”

    • “Upon seeing how effective the new truck was against rioters, the police officers we spoke to all agreed that it was definitely the Shchit.”

  5. Police leaders in democrat controlled towns are democrats and liberals and will not crack down on violent leftists. Personally, I’d use the skunk spray the Israelis developed, but it’ll never happen.

  6. Dammit, Mel can’t catch a break. It’s also hard to believe that he didn’t catch them on video…. or many of the warning signs leading into his compound were bluffing.

    However, he ain’t bluffing about ventiliaing the thieves if he caught them, or at least try to. It wasn’t just a couple tweakers, it had to have been an organised crew; they most certainly were aware of Mel’s personal artillery proclivities, and just as certainly brought their own.

    Being as it’s Colorado Springs, I’d put my money on one of the many enterprising local immigrant social clubs being responsible. I hope they only took the streetable stuff and left the MGs. But those guns are long gone…. if any MGs did walk, they’re already in cartel hands.

      • 1/3 of the available floor space in his store was taken up by at a half dozen MGs on tripods, several MG34s, a Bren, M-60 & 249, various Brownings… and two walls with nothing but NFA rifles & subguns for sale on them. In particular, I remember a Pennsylvania State Prison Thompson & MP-44 he had for sale that I drooled over every weekend (when I wasn’t up on Rampart).

        Unless things changed after I left in ’09, Dragonman’s gun shop is tiny, really just crammed into his garage’s office alcove/entryway. On busy days, it was balls-on-butts with more than 6 guys browsing… plus a couple waiting around for fed checks, a constant stream of people wanting ammo and/or range time, and folks asking about his museum.

        No doubt he’s got insurance, but damn….. not too long ago his wife got killed by a pyrotechnic set off by a reality show crew. She was good people; I wonder why Murphy hates him so much…. aside from being a 2%er biker who’s very prickly with window-shoppers, “experts”, shady types, squishy buyers, etc…. But the only of complaints I ever heard came from said snowflakes trying to sound hard after being brushed off, not being given a “deal”, or tossed out for being a moron.

    • First 18YO idiot already captured.

      “Most of the weapons have already been recovered” including the one MG

      http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/29/federal-agents-arrest-suspect-dragonman-gun-store-burglary/

      http://www.krdo.com/news/crime/el-paso-county-crime/update-1-person-arrested-for-dragonman-burglary-most-stolen-guns-recovered/613875821

      I went on the pilgramage to Dragonmans a couple months ago when I was dropping off a daughter for new job at a fortune 500 company (that has an on campus gun and skeet range!)

      Anyway Mel is exactly like what you see in the videos. He seems to have a crapload of junkyard dogs and I’m surprised he doesn’t let them have the run of place in the off hours. The proximity of the kennels to the store would have led me to believe he would. The stories are imprecise and what exactly part got robbed. In one story it almost sounded like a storage area that since the place (with museum) is so huge that I would have guessed that it was somebody with inside info.

      Museaum was great. The only thing I heard during the museaum walk that bugged me was when he said the Vietnam war was immoral or something to that effect. Since he served there I didn’t challenge him but IMHO the Vietnam war was just as morally correct and proper as the Korean war. The only difference was that during the Vietnam war the American Left was a enemy that our troops unfortunately weren’t allowed to shoot at.

      Fantastic video by Victor Davis Hanson.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EunyfX-Zjo4

  7. Garden Plot training from the early 1970s. Troops with bare bayonets on rifles, and plenty of CS grenades. If the first doesn’t do the job, the second definitely will disperse them.

  8. I guess it doesn’t matter if you’re supposedly “the most armed man in Ameeica”. You have to catch the bad guys…wow Defender 300. And in She-cago too! I’ll run there and get “tactical”. I need a crowdfunding scam😋

  9. See that wimpy-looking guy in the center of the photo of the Maryland legislators? That’s Brian Frosh, a hard-core liberal Democrat who didn’t “let a crisis go to waste” as a state senator in the wake of the atrocity at Sandy Hook Elementary in December of 2012. He’s the man who wrote Maryland’s AWB. He is no longer a state senator. Nope. Now he’s our Attorney General. Isn’t that just ducky? The two fellows in the dark suits and wearing yellow ties are (l.) House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch and (r.) State Senate President Michael Miller. They are also liberal Democrats, as are 2/3 of the General Assembly. Do you see why our only hope of having the same rights as most of the rest of America is through the courts and this will likely end up in the SCOTUS? Yeah, you folks are a pretty savvy group and I knew you’d pick up on it. The greatest threat to liberty in America is the Democratic Party.

    • “The greatest threat to liberty in America is the Democratic Party.” Democrat Party. There is NOTHING democrat*ic* about them.

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